Karen DeYoung bio

1. Name: Karen DeYoung
2. Title: Associate Editor, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent for The Washington Post, and Pulitzer Prize winning American Journalist
3. Biography:

Karen DeYoung, author of Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell, is an associate editor at The Washington Post, covering terrorism and foreign policy issues for the National and Foreign Desk. Shortly after 9/11, DeYoung focused much of her reporting on counterterrorism and foreign policy issues leading up to the U.S. war with Iraq.

Working for the paper for over 30 years, DeYoung served as The Washington Post’s Assistant Managing Editor for National News from 1990 to 1999 and was responsible for covering the White House, Congress, national policies, and the newspaper’s domestic bureaus.

After working as a non-staff stringer in West Africa, DeYoung joined the Post in 1975 in the foreign news operation, serving as Bureau Chief for both Latin America and London from 1977 to 1988.

4. Involvement/ Affiliations:
  • Associate Editor, The Washington Post, 1975-present
  • Principal Reporter, terrorism/counterterrorism, The Washington Post, 2006-2007
  • Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Sabbatical writing SOLDIER: The Life of Colin Powell, 2003-2006
  • Principal Reporter covering Bush Administration Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, 2001-2003
  • Recipient, Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Coverage, Institute for Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 2003
  • Recipient, Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting (team award for coverage of U.S. war on terror), 2002
  • Recipient, Sigma Delta Chi Award for Investigative Reporting, 2000
  • Recipient, InterAction Excellence in International Reporting Award, reportage on U.S. development assistance, global HIV/AIDS, 2000
  • Assistant Managing Editor (AME) for National News, 1990-1999
  • National Editor, The Washington Post, 1989-1990
  • Bureau Chief, London, The Washington Post, 1985-1990
  • Foreign Editor, The Washington Post, 1981-1985
  • Bureau Chief, Latin America, The Washington Post, 1976-1981
  • Metro Political Reporter, Maryland, 1975-1976
  • Stringer (non-staff), West Africa, 1974-1975
5. Education:
  • B.S., Journalism and Communications, University of Florida, 1971
6. Published Works:
  • Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell, 2006
7. Contact info: The Washington Post
1150 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20071
Phone: (202) 334-7468
Email: deyoungk@washpost.com